– The highly anticipated nominations of the Jubilee party is slated for Friday August 21
– One gubernatorial aspirant, however, has found himself locked out of the nominations before they even begin
– The aspirant has been axed on academic grounds
A jubilee gubernatorial aspirant has suffered a major blow only days to nominations as his name has been chopped off the nomination list on academic grounds.
Nyeri gubernatorial aspirant Thuo Mathenge, has been disqualified by the Jubilee National Elections Board for lacking proper academic credentials in the build up to the highly anticipated nominations.
TUKO.co.ke understands that Mathenge’s degree from a Ugandan University was judged by the Jubilee party as ‘fraudulent’ hence rendering him ineligible for nominations.
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The aspirant’s fate on nominations hang in the balance from last week, when the Court of Appeal probed into the validity of his alleged degree.
“The petitioner did not attend classes at Fairland University and therefore the University Degree awarded to him was not validly awarded,” Justice Wakianga stated.
On Monday, April 17, Thuo wrote to the Jubilee party nationals appeals tribunal in an attempt to contest the barring , accusing them of misinterpreting the findings of Justice Wakianga’s ruling.
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“The National Elections Board (NEB) erred in usurping powers of the DCI and DPP which are independent and constitutionally mandated offices, thereby acting ultra vires. The NEB misinterpreted the findings of Justice Wakiaga in Election petition No. 1 of 2013, Nyeri High Court and subsequent civil appeal No. 29 of 2013 thereby arriving manifestly erroneous decision and / or findings,” A letter from Thuo to the Jubilee NEB read
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If indeed Dr Thuo Mathenge misses out on nominations, it would deal a huge blow to his gubernatorial ambitions, while handing the advantage to other aspirants such as Samuel Wamathai who is the incumbent following the passing of Nderitu Gachagua.
Incidentally, Thuo had already paid the KSh 500,000 gubernatorial nomination fees and had handed over his nomination papers.
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